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why you should. only. whistleblower edward snowden basks in an upsurge of support among americans while we report on one u.s. internet company that's refusing to yield to governments to government snooping. egypt will soon get a new batch of f. sixteen fighter jets from the united states despite promises to review its assistance program while a poll of egyptians shows that its weapons and money do more harm than good. and the u.n. chemical weapons team syria's invitation to conduct a fact finding mission in aleppo this after russian investigators say they found evidence that the rebels not the regime used talks like gas there.
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so good to have you with me this afternoon i'm lucy catherine of and of course you're watching r.t. well on to our top story now more americans consider edward snowden to be a whistleblower as opposed to a traitor a highly cited poll had found that fifty five percent of respondents were sympathetic about what he actually did while about a third were less forgiving now washington is adamant that he faced charges of espionage for exposing its surveillance systems it's a network that involves almost all u.s. telecom and tech giants but one internet provider is standing firm and refusing the n.s.a.'s advances and so far managing to get away with it or just haven't spoke to the owner of x. mission his name is pete ashdown. we have had situations where people inside the attorney general's office of slandered my business and said that we're supporting criminals we absolutely do not support criminals we just ask for a proper warrant and that seems to be too much to ask most of the time or the other
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issue is that we saw with the n.s.a. . exposure that google and microsoft and apple and others were supposedly cooperating that's they're probably charging for that privilege so they're making a financial decision to open their networks for inspection by the n.s.a. and it's not worth it to me to do that i don't want to live in a surveillance society and i'd rather stick by what our constitution says that we're protected by we surely i guess said begin tonight john so gutless to lose that big business is the gutless to fate of night yeah absolutely and but it's funny because i've got more to lose i mean i couldn't fight a protracted court battle but i'm willing to do it i'm willing to go to jail to protect my customers from being wholesale the monitor i find it surprising that a company with the resources of google. isn't more circumspect about the information they're giving away and what they're selling it begs the question how long this has been going all that doesn't it of course
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a lot of may be familiar with that i think it's just come out now with snowden and his revelations is that what you think of him i think he's a hero and i think he's doing the right thing i think it's shameful that he's being treated like a criminal for standing up and reporting what i believe are illegal acts by our government people shouldn't be treated under the espionage act is the obama administration has done so many times to people standing up and believing that what is going on is wrong otherwise we have no recourse to turn our government around. now the insider threat program that is president obama's initiative that mandates federal employees to start spying on one another is coming under increasing scrutiny and now under this program millions of government workers must watch their colleagues for whistleblower and tendencies and report any suspicious activity to their superiors but as our washington correspondent has you can reports the government's own experts have grave doubts. we learned that not only does the u.s.
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government spy on everybody selling twenty communications but it also urges government employees to snitch on each other in fact there is a program in place it's called the inside just like program which is designed to reveal potential whistleblowers before they blow the whistle under this insider threat program millions of federal workers and contractors are instructed to recognize quote indicators of things side of behavior among their colleagues and to report their suspicions to authorities now get those indicators include an employee's financial problems working hours unexplained travel stress wars for instance and an f.b.i. insider detection guide warns private security personnel and managers to watch for quote a desire to help the underdog or a particular cause james bond want to be a divided loyalty allegiance to another person or company or to a country besides the united states under such guidelines anybody can potentially be targeted moreover behavioral experts even those working for the government doubt
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that the program will work and they say there is no proven scientific basis to these behavioral profiling but what these are just fine program is for to do is to lead to lots of baseless and discriminatory investigations one wonders if this really has any purpose but to create an atmosphere of fear no wonder investigative journalists and their sources have dried up and government officials are afraid to pick up the phone especially now in light of edward snowden's revelations which make it clear everyone is under surveillance this kind of a witch hunt is definitely not something people expected from candidate obama take a listen this is from six years ago i will provide our intelligence and law enforcement agencies with the tools they need to track and take out the terrorists without undermining our constitution and our freedom that means no more illegal wiretapping of american citizens these words perhaps a different future but it seems the u.s. is going back to the mccarthy days with the government urging people to spy on each other. to scare an insider from revealing what they see as the government's
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wrongdoings and this we've got one also has to ask the question is there any other way one could learn about the government's wrongdoings done in secrecy almaden from an insider who was turning this the answer is obvious no. david lender of an editor of an online news website explained why he believes the program could actually damage the government it's. incredible extension of this stasi like you know the old east german style as the light approach to life in america and at the same time it's a completely inefficient and failed way to try to run a government bureaucracy it's not about national security it's about preventing. people from telling the truth about problems with government about corruption about failed policies and so on and it what it really is is the by many ministration has
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gone even beyond the nixon administration from the seventy's in its fear of leaks and its effort to control the story it trying to prevent the press from getting access as to to people inside the government who will tell them through threat what's going on so that all they get is public relations handouts from the government and it's trying to prevent the government from being embarrassed. surveillance running a mall has brought down the prime minister of looks and not a man that you can see here. has served in the job for eighteen years which is a huge record for the e.u. but he's just resigned over the country's intelligence agency's misconduct luxembourg secret services apparently bugs top politicians squandered budgets on flashy cars and engaged in power games now in neighboring germany chancellor merkel is treading carefully ahead of a washington meet she softened her tone a little bit after demanding that the united states explain
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a mass spying against germans after it emerged that berlin had actively been colluding with the n.s.a. and experts say that she could pay a heavy price if it's found out that merkel knew more and she let on. and it was just to remind you the extent of the u.s. spying on germany as revealed by edward snowden's leaks the n.s.a. is reported to have made up to five hundred million data intercepts a month snooping in on people's phone calls messages and e-mails as you can see right there. to find out more on how the world's been reacting to edward snowden's avalanche of leaks head over to our t.v. dot com over there you can check out our timeline which documents the impact not to mention the damage caused by his revelations. the united states still plans to go through with its delivery of four f. sixteen fighter jets to egypt in the coming weeks now this is despite the egyptian military's removal of president mohamed morsi now washington has been reluctant to label the egyptian overhaul a coup that's because it would bar assistance to the volatile state parties carol
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correspondent bill true brings us the latest on exactly how the country is coping with its transition. the supporters of ousted leader mohamed morsy remain steadfast they're continuing their sit in another city in the capital they held a symbolic funeral for the dozens killed in violent clashes on monday morning between security forces and members of the sit in they marched from their mosque where this ongoing protest is happening to the presidential palace where they had a kind of standoff with republican guards this comes at a time when there's been an arrest warrant issued for the supreme leader of the muslim brotherhood mohamed. for inciting violence on monday if he is that this arrest will scupper any plans for the missing brotherhood's participation in this time here in egypt on monday the interim president for his part issued a roadmap to egypt in the form of a constitutional declaration it said that there would be
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a new constitution and parliamentary and presidential elections within the six months this was rejected by the most brotherhood and its political party the freedom and justice party. all the way through wait for the election when it was the liberals that missed or whatever and then the military would come back in one year to say you just repeat everything again start another what you should start this what we are trying to say all the time is not about more since it was about the values meanwhile the u.s. have responded in a manner which it doesn't necessarily reflect what commentators are saying here which was this is a military coup if this is labeled as a coup this would affect u.s. assistance to egypt the latest reports are that the u.s. are sending four x. sixteen fighter jets to egypt in the next few days this is part of a larger package of twenty fighter planes which eight of which were already delivered in january the spokesperson for the white house for his part said that
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they would not in the interests of america to reconsider its package of assistance to egypt although president obama has promised to look into the aides and the plan for american support of egypt in the future. a survey of egyptian attitudes towards the united states reveals that people there haven't exactly been satisfied with the role that america has been playing in their homeland now we have some numbers for you back in may american researchers have concluded that about eight out of ten egypt sions felt negatively towards the u.s. with just sixteen percent having a positive attitude towards the country when it comes to president barack obama nearly three quarters of rejections were unhappy with the way that he's handled american foreign affairs the sentiment has been strong since the day obama took office back in two thousand and nine egyptians are also pessimistic about their country's dependence on u.s. financial and military aid with more than half of the population saying that it did more harm to egypt than good the recent coup has done little to improve america's
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image there as artie's policy clear reports. i their message is clear they want the army out and more secure but there's another message in between the patriotic chants anger against the west for its sinus and implicit support for a military coup i just started i was there i already have a zero the egyptian street is littered with anti obama posters and each day more new ones appear we set out to find out who's making them and found the this is one of the oldest print shops in cairo in the last two years it's printing presses have grind to a halt we found the same in the shop and this one instead of making a killing there on the verge of bankruptcy things have not been going so well since the revolution things were better before we've been so slow for the past three years in that time i only had ten clients asking for posters so who is responsible
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for the anti american posters i'll search reach to date in but buyers are plentiful and hatred against america is growing each year washington gives cairo one point three billion dollars in military aid if america causes a coup it will be forced to stop but many fear the decision to say nothing except that it is reviewing the situation will ultimately backfire and fuel hatred towards the us and europe i think they may get is this dealing with things in double standard so i would say i tell america you have to give up a woman for a must is. equal to one thousand men standing supporting morsi and for different reasons there's no joy from washington even from the people who want to live in the states mohamed holds both american and egyptian citizenship two months ago he sold up ready to trade cairo for tech says he feels washington is too deeply embroiled in internally gyptian politics and pulls the strings from afar i have no problem
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with american people have problems with american politics which. try to interfere in the way we want to live and that's not right with washington and its allies refusing to show strong reaction to the recent turbulent events in egypt some feel it's a love hate affair between the two countries. we all have friends on the personal relations we. have the fine this being said you don't expect that somebody you love short of. or. disappoint sure or does not understand you all deliberately. is if you the truth as the unrest on the gyptian streets grow many why the brotherhood now having tried democracy and seen it fail will resort to arms it spells disaster for everyone from the protesters on the streets to the people
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who just want a quiet life like muhammad in his printing shop all that president obama typically committed himself to saying is that he is deeply concerned by what is happening here in egypt meanwhile the it's no wonder then that posters like this will continue to be popular no matter who put in same policy r t cairo. britain is closing in a burgeoning legal loan sharks some of which are hitting the for what i want to raise interest rates of over five thousand percent well here what's being done about it. in moscow court has found a russian lawyer sergei magnitsky the late russian lawyer guilty of tax evasion for years after his death in custody. well. science technology innovation all the developments from around russia we've got the future covered. sometimes you see
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chemical weapons could become a catastrophic security hazard to the west this should assad's regime fall the u.k. intelligence service chief says the most worrying emerging terrorist threats is if the chemicals fall into the hands of radical fighters who have been attracted to the conflict there now meanwhile the head of the u.n. chemical weapons a fact finding mission has a step to the syrian government's invitation to visit the country president also government insists the u.n. should focus on an incident attributed to the opposition forces took taking place back in march near the northern city of aleppo russia has recently presented evidence to the u.n. which it says shows syrian rebels attacking the regime forces with sarin gas the rebels in turn to blame the government for the attack with the u.s. britain and france all saying they've seen no evidence that the opposition has acquired or used chemical weapons meanwhile u.s. lawmakers are holding back on promised arms supplies to the syrian opposition fearing the weapons could end up in the wrong hands but anti-war campaigner richard
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becker told us that moscow's findings should be enough for washington to reconsider its pledge of lethal support. it's totally should be an eye opener for everyone who has any doubts about what's going on the that this latest report from russia. the use of chemical weapons by the opposition the intervention policy while it's going forward with the training of the forces of the u. opposition to the syrian opposition i mean that pouring in five years that the policy is really just the right because there is a great deal about position inside the united states and there is you know you get inside the congress there is a great concern about where this will lead to and whether or not it will lead to a regional war or something even wider if the united states goes forward plan its plans to achieve its objective which is over it's really the governments year the noose is tightening around firms in britain who are offering so-called payday loans
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at exorbitant rates of interests eleven asians who charged rates that up to five thousand percent say that they will stop providing that type of loan following a crackdown by the government now other lenders have yet to respond to all to make them to clean up their act artie's polyploid go has more. louise and her husband were bankrupt when she took out her first payday loan she couldn't afford to pay it back sometimes they would call up and so do you want to sell your jewelry do you want to. take up take out another day learned that one and have a one more money and they still call a slow louisa's to loans of two hundred fifty pounds each ended up costing over two thousand pounds the financial pressure meant that luisa's two sons had to relocate to live with their birth father once things psycho wrong it just seemed to continue forever and it still like that now even though it's been. eight
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months after we've paid them off when we're still going it tough last year stretched budgets meant that britons took out two billion pounds worth of short term loans it's a burgeoning industry but it's taken hold quickly leaving government regulation to catch up you know it doesn't matter how careful you are with money sometimes you pay just one stretch far enough but there are remarkably few rules that govern how payday lenders operate customers are been refused credit by banks and here we go off to every other means of securing a loan can simply apply online and most are approved within moments which means they can get their hands on the cash within minutes they're in problem is paying it back payday lenders can charge any rate of interest they like often up to five thousand percent the industry's been accused of bullying borrowers into taking out multiple loans lending money to drunk individuals people with mental health issues
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and even children the office of fair trading has told the u.k.'s fifty biggest lenders to stop handing out loans irresponsibly you saw a couple last year between the director of thirty six i think it's due to a combination of reduced income. financial shocks the government needs to come forward with a rigorous plan in order to better protect us from a long one guy is the u.k.'s largest payday loans company is new head of public affairs used to be an advisor to david cameron leading to accusations that the company is lobbying its interests with the government longer reportedly paid for meetings with conservative ministers be paid a in excess of opposing phones to have a fifteen minute vote with somebody from government. that's not right you're using your employees were told you have money and because they want money for their relation with these companies no government money for nothing they are wanting
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something in return on the train of return we're wanting it for people to bite off to be free up to this double we have but. councils up and down the country have blocked access to payday loan websites from computers in libraries and public buildings to stop constituents being tempted by instant cash that will plunge them into debt it's hard because. it's. no petro do you think you're going to pay it back in ten days well you want to say you hope to but when it comes to that you have got. to say. but many struggling britons despite being warned still finding the instant cash all too tempting. london. a moscow courts given guilty verdicts against the late auditor sergei magnitsky and the head of the hematomas capital
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fund william browder both were accused of tax evasion in a high profile case in russia that has stirred international controversy. has more . sergei magnitsky has been found guilty off tax evasion hit his former boss will invalid or has been found to be also guilty off tax evasion charges as well the prosecutor has initially asked to force a game against could be convicted and then to dismiss the case he has also asked for a nine year prison term for william browder in absentia at the case of the magnitsky who died in detention in two thousand and nine watch he is relatives and human rights activist saying are saying. it was the result of severe beatings that he has sustained the entire case has sparked a lot of controversy not just in russia but also abroad and u.s. has actually issued a so-called act which blacklists quite a number of russian officials from entering the country and also freezing their assets abroad russia has been delegated with this summer a list of u.s. officials charging them with obstruction of human rights of russian citizens and
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also prohibited the adoption of russian children by a u.s. citizens. the five month long hunger strike by pantani mowbray prisoners is gaining more sympathy worldwide even inspiring some to follow the detainees example attorney clive stafford smith has now gone on a hunger strike of his own to draw attention to their plight to the point i was in grown time in the last week and these guys assert very badly and i think it's incumbent time outs on the outside to show some solidarity with them. to just get more attention. to a group that has prisons are going through their i mean look i've been on a hunger strike now twenty four hours they've been doing it for five months of course it's not the same i think the point is to get people's attention i mean when we talk about risking people's lives there are people who are dying and i just want this to stop i think it's really important that it stops some of the people who.
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really do. and for a brief world update now. the man charged with carrying out the boston bombings two months ago has pleaded not guilty to all thirty charges against him dzhokhar star is accused of using a weapon of mass destruction which killed three people including an eight year old boy he also faces charges over the murder of a police officer after the attack took place it isn't yet known whether the prosecutors will push for the death penalty. now these are live pictures that you're seeing right there from london taken by six environmental activists who have been climbing outside western europe's tallest building known as the shard the women are protesting against drilling for oil in the arctic by the energy giant shell headquarters are next door and police and emergency services are waiting at the bottom of the eighty seven story skyscraper greenpeace does say that all six climbers are well trained and in no danger. that's it for me today but
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world apart is next to stay with us. many in latin america are furious with the forced grounding of bolivia's president evo morales is playing in austria and even twelve nations are let in america are coming together to discuss the consequences of the event the plane was forced to the ground while flying over the e.u. because it was believed that nodal is hiding on board trying to get to asylum in bolivia and beyond some might see that this is no big deal so president of some contras since he had a delayed flight for a few hours things happen man plus you've got to get that still guy at all costs right well one may have delayed flight is another man's imperial skyjacking you see the countries of latin america have
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a common history as being on the bad end of brutal western european imperialism and the president of a former colony could just be. abducted at the will of the you would have this plane search it sure makes you feel like you're still under the lash of foreign control doesn't it do it if you think for a moment that any e.u. officials who are so willing to groan morales would dare do the same thing air force one i don't think so clearly was treated like some sort of second class president and despite this insult they didn't even catch oden this is what i call it double fail but that's just my opinion. hello and welcome to worlds apart doing what they preach has always been
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a challenge for politicians and arguably the most powerful they are the bigger the challenge when u.s. president barack obama landed in arlington last month he talked to children about how russia's the peace process is the northern island while at the same time discussing the possibility of arming syrian rebels if he is more mature counterparts one of the few people to call him on it was irish and pique larry daly who joins us now in a wealth of part deputy daly thank you very much for your time now your speech in parliament was not so much about president obama as about the reactions by the irish media and irish politicians to his visit but since it became an almost overnight sensation let us remind the viewers what you had to say on that day. now i ask you is this person going for the hypocrites of the century award because we have to call paying spoil their right names and the reality is that by any serious examination this man is
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a war criminal now it's not like these viewing is extremely rare i think it's shared by many people. around a while but you don't really hear it articulated by western policymakers very often so my question to you is whether there are any political risks in your view attached to saying something like this and saying it out loud i don't think so i never think there is a problem in telling the truth i have to say that the response has been incredible from all over the world many many people from the united states itself book beyond agree with a few points and actually they were very happy that somebody in parliament was prepared to stand up and tell things as they are now but you say that you received a lot of support from around a while that seem from your constituents as well but some of your fellow parliamentarians ran that supportive and. i want to play a short clip of what the.